Oh how lovely it is, that moment you have picked up your wrist band from the ticket counter, and you leisurely walk into the fairground to go find your hosts for the weekend, veteran Ponderosa attendees, the food stands, the art exhibition, and the vendors. The grass is always so nice and fresh, the people so slow and smiley, and the colors just BAAAM- in your face.
There is always a fresh fruit stand at Ponderosa. Ross picks up the fruits from his orchard located in Oliver, which is right around the West side of Lake Osoyoos- fresh AND local. He even brings a selection of pickled vegetables, jams, and homemade soaps. This festival actually left me feeling more healthy than my normal week.
New food trucks and food vendors appear as the needs of the festival changes and grows, but this year we enjoyed pancakes in the morning, craft coffee, coconut deserts, and thai food. Along with the fresh environmental theme of the festival, the coffee cart featured reusable mugs that you could borrow for the whole weekend for a small deposit. Why put your coffee in a paper cup, right Nick?
This festival brings artists of all genres together. Painters, vintage clothing collectors, t-shirt printers, banjo and jewelry makers, whatever it is that you do, there is a place for you in this festival. Painters display their art, and can also setup their aisle by the stages and paint as they enjoy the afternoon sun, live music, and friendly smiles.
I have found a cozy wool sweater, a vintage blue purse, and a ponderosa essential oil from the festival. My friend found 2 amazing pieces of jewelry and actually gave me one of her rock earrings (we each wear one, cause of love).
Every morning, there is free yoga on the grass. You can either bring your mat, or you can enjoy the soft grass. Might be a bit slippery and misty, but you might feel very grounded- literally.
All around the camp ground and fair ground, you could find waste, recycle, AND compost bins. Now that's freshness.